Brownfields  2004

 Grant Fact Sheet

   Cuyahoga Soil and

  Water Conservation

  District,  Parma,  OH

EPA Brownfields Program

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, commu-
nities, and other stakeholders in economic development
to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up,
and sustainably reuse brownfields. Abrownfield site is
real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse
of which may be complicated by the presence or
potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant,
or contaminant. On January 11, 2002, the President
signed into law the Small Business Liability Relief and
Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under the Brownfields
Law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible
applicants through four competitive grant programs:
assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup
grants, and job training grants. Additionally, funding
support is provided to state and tribal response pro-
grams through a separate mechanism.

Community Description

The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
was selected to receive a brownfields assessment
grant. Most of the City of Parma's 85,655 residents are
elderly, blue-collar working families, or young families
with children. Waste escaping from the targeted landfill
site poses a risk to recreational users of the West
Creek Preserve. In addition, it is interfering with
extensive restoration plans for the entire watershed to
become a 400-acre preserve. Preservation and resto-
ration of the West Creek Preserve is expected to
improve local quality of life, enhance property values,
                      Assessment Grant
                      $200,000 for hazardous substances

                      EPA has selected the Cuyahoga Soil and Water
                      Conservation District for a brownfields assess-
                      ment grant. Grant funds will be used to assess the
                      presence of hazardous materials at a former
                      landfill and unregulated solid waste disposal site in
                      the City of Parma in Cuyahoga County. The funds
                      will be used for a topographic survey,
                      geotechnical assessment, Phase I and II site
                      assessments, site permitting, and community
                      outreach activities.
                      For further information, including specific grant
                      contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
                      news and events, and publications and links, visit
                      the EPA Brownfields web site at: www.epa.gov/

                      EPA Region 5 Brownfields Team

                      Grant Recipient: Cuyahoga Soil and Water
                      Conservation District, OH

                      The cooperative agreement for this grant has not
                      yet been negotiated; therefore, the activities
                      described in this fact sheet are subject to change.
                    retain residents and businesses, and reduce out-
                                               Solid Waste and
                                               Emergency Response
                                          EPA 560-F-04-039
                                          June 2004